An American comedian who appeared in various commercials and films before rising to national popularity in the late 2000's. Jim Gaffigan released his first album,
, in 2001.
Gaffigan's routines commonly focus on aspects of everyday life, the most prominent of which are
and being lazy. Gaffigan also includes frequent high-pitched asides, meant to represent a hypothetical, easily-offended audience member. (Rumor has it that these are based on his sister-in-law's reactions.)
- The Ahnold: In "Mr. Universe" (named after he mentioned Arnie's crowning as Mr. Universe, and the apparent step down to just Governor of California) Jim notes that everybody can do a Schwarzenegger impression, but Schwarzenegger "can't do an impression of somebody who can pronounce 'California'."
- And a Diet Coke: When Jim is talking about KFC serving their chicken in buckets and compares it to how farm animals are fed with buckets.
Jim: (Imitating a fast food patron) I'll have a bucket of chicken, a silo of Pepsi, and a trough of pig slop... make the pig slop diet.
- Awesome McCoolname: During his long routine on bacon in "King Baby":
: I even like the name
"Bacon"! You can't tell me that the success of Kevin Bacon
isn't somehow tied to his name. No one's going to a Kevin Hot Dog movie. "Who's in this? Kevin Bacon
? Sounds gooood."
- Big Eater: As stated above, he often references his love for food. His album Beyond the Pale consists almost entirely of food-related jokes.
Hypothetical Audience Member: It always comes back to food with him.
- A Birthday, Not a Break: Jim Gaffigan has a routine where he says how there's so much pressure in our culture to have a good time on our birthday, so that we whine when we aren't given a break on that day.
- Bi the Way: His excuse for being caught in McDonald's by a friend:
Friend: I'm just here for the 99 cent ATM, what are you doing here Jim?
Jim: Uhhhh, I'm just meeting a hooker... he should be here by now.
- Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: When talking about a Cinnabon the size of a bean bag chair.
Jim: Should I sit in it or eat it? Hey I can sit in it and eat it!
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: See the quote for A Birthday, Not a Break above.
- But Not Too White: A major portion of Jim's act is making fun of his own extremely pale skin.
- Censorship by Spelling: "I always feel dumb. It doesn't help that my wife spells everything in front of the kids."
- Content Warnings: He feels that Hot Pockets should come with a warning label that states "Warning: You just bought Hot Pockets! Hope you're drunk or heading home to a trailer! You hillbilly, enjoy the next NASCAR event!"
Hypothetical Audience Member: Hey, I like NASCAR! He's a jerk.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Defictionalization: Gaffigan once made a joke about how there will one day be a bacon hamburger with two doughnuts instead of buns, and that someone in the audience will probably think it's a brilliant idea and make one. Meet the Luther Burger
- Dude, Not Funny!: Invoked; in "Mr. Universe", Jim joked about drinking tuna sub water with a straw, and the audience groaned.
: Oh, that's where I crossed the line?
(audience applauds) "It was funny 'til he did that tuna water joke. My fiance's allergic to tuna water. I don't appreciate the inconsideration."
- The Film of the Book: Referenced in one of his jokes.
Jim: "The book was much better than the movie." Yeah, you know what I liked about the movie? No reading. It was over in two hours, then I could take a nap.
- Food Porn: He comments on how Food Network's like porn when you're hungry.
"What are you watching?"
"Uhh, uhh, Food Network."
"Well, why are your pants off?"
"...I like food...a lot."
- He takes it one step further when he points out that packaging is like clothing for food.
(seductively) "What you wearing there, cookies?"
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: He predicts one in his special Obsessed, after joking that his donut trail mix will lead him to the emergency room:
Jim: That joke will be even funnier when I die from cardiac arrest.
- Glasses Pull: Jim has a routine about generals in '50s B-Movies dramatically removing glasses and saying "My God... I can't see a thing without these. That's probably why I wear them..."
- Gratuitous Spanish: From Beyond the Pale, Jim discussing Moses.
Jim: (as one of Moses's followers) This Moses doesn't know where the hell he's going! I appreciate he got us out of Egypt, but we're in the desert, folks, as in no agua.
Jim: I was muy guapo... no mas! note
- In "King Baby", when discussing beds:
Jim: Eating while you're lying down is beautiful. Too bad hospitals have that sickness requirement, 'cause I would check in maņana.
- Guilty Pleasure: Refers to it as everyone having their own equivalent of McDonald's.
- Hilarious Outtakes: Here's a blooper reel from Gaffigan's Saturn commercials.
- Horrible Camping Trip: In King Baby.
Jim: People always say "he is not a happy camper", why not just call him a camper? You know who's a happy camper: the one leaving the campsite! He the happiest camper, he gets to take a shower!
- I'm a Humanitarian: In "King Baby":
: (as audience member) He's like Pearl Jam
. He's taking on the man. Hey, wait a minute. He looks
like the man. He's kind of pudgy. Maybe he ate
- I'm Going to Hell for This: After a religious joke:
Jim: (as audience member) He's going to Hell in two religions! He's practically sprinting!
- I Was Told There Would Be Cake: Jim loves cake.
- "Jump Off a Bridge" Rebuttal: In "King Baby", when Jim presents a hypothetical scenario where Abraham's wife notices he circumcised himself after getting out of the shower:
Jim: (as Abraham's wife) If God told you to jump off a bridge— if God told you to sacrifice our firstborn son— (as Abraham) Actually, I have to talk to you about that.
- Lampshade Hanging: All. The. Time.
Jim: I went camping recently...for this next joke...
- Memetic Molester: Invoked Trope. Plays this angle up and has the hypothetical audience member react this way.
- In "King Baby" the hypothetical audience member says that the CD cover◊ for "Beyond the Pale" makes him look like a pedophile.
- Metaphorgotten: He manages one that still somehow makes perfect sense, when describing his experience of having a fourth kid (and now a fifth): "Imagine you're drowning, and someone hands you a baby."
- Mythology Gag: He mentions Law & Order, a series he guessed starred in several episodes in Mr. Universe.
- Not Distracted by the Sexy: In "Obsessed", Jim mentions his experience shopping for a gift for his wife at Victoria's Secret: The secret to a man shopping there and not looking like a pervert is to act bored.
- One-Hit Wonder: He feels he still has to perform his popular Hot Pockets bit to satisfy his fans.
- Overly Long Gag: Lampshaded several times, as in this bit:
Hypothetical Audience Member:
to be the end of the bacon jokes. Jim proceeds to tell more bacon jokes Hypothetical Audience Member:
If he tells another cake joke, I'm gonna kill 'im. Jim:
Enough about cake. Pie!
- We can't forget his Hot Pockets routine. At some point, the joke becomes the fact that he's still talking about Hot Pockets.
- Playing Against Type: He has been in at least 3 different episodes of shows in the Law & Order franchise, in one instance playing a convicted pedophile, a Corrupt Corporate Executive selling poisonous Chinese-counterfeit toothpaste, and a plumber.
- Real Men Love Jesus
- Rule of Three: During his camping bit in "King Baby", it takes three attempts to convince Jim to go camping:
Jim: (as co-worker) "Hey, how'd you like to burn a couple vacation days sleeping on the ground?" Uh, no. "What if I told you you get to crap standing up?" I still wouldn't want to go. "You'll wake up freezing covered in a rash." All right, I'll go.
- Also in "King Baby", when discussing bowling:
Jim: Some people have their own bowling ball and their own bowling shoes and no friends.
- And on the same topic, three ways to make bowling easier:
Jim: You want the bumpers? We can get rid of the pins. Why don't you take this coloring book and sit in the corner?
- Running Gag: In "Mr. Universe":
Jim: What room are you staying in?
- Played with during one instance, where he was playing a senior citizen:
Jim: What room am I staying in?
- In "Beyond the Pale": he gets into a long talk about different kinds of Hot Pockets, always stopping to sing the jingle.
Jim: (singing in falsetto) Hot Pockets.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!: Jim has a bit where he points out that life is easier when you're attractive. "If a stranger smiles at you and they're attractive, you think 'Oh, they're nice'. But if an ugly person smiles at you, you think 'What do they want?'."
- Screw Yourself: In one joke Jim says that he couldn't go through childbirth because he doesn't have a uterus but also because he couldn't have sex with a man. Unless it looked like him. "Some Jim on Jim action" indeed.
- Self-Deprecation: Constantly makes fun of himself, particular his pale skin, the fact he's out of shape, and that he enjoys eating unhealthy.
- Frequently pokes fun at Christian traditions and beliefs, despite being a practicing Catholic.
- Plus of course all the Hot Pockets junk-food jokes, then goes on about his love of bacon. Might double as Hypocritical Humor.
- Also his frequenting of McDonald's. "I love the awkward silence that always follows that statement."
- His "Hypothetical Audience Member" bit seems to exist as this, which he mostly uses to mock his act.
- Shockingly Expensive Bill: At the beginning of the King Baby special, he speculates how the Hypothetical Audience Members would react if he spent the entire show making the same high-pitched groan he starts every show off with.
Hypothetical Audience Member: That was the worst show I've ever seen! ...I spent over Forty Dollars... [beat] And after the service fee it was Ninety... [beat] Convenience Charge...? Convenient way to rip us off...
- Signs of Disrepair: In "King Baby" he mentions a Waffle House sign with the "W" burned out so it reads "_AFFLE HOUSE" (awful house).
- The Stoner: The last joke in "Beyond the Pale" was about how Moses must have looked crazy saying that God talked to him as a burning bush:
Moses's friend: ...Sure He did. Uh, Moses, we think maybe you've been "burning some bush".
- Sweet Tooth: Had a bit about it in "Beyond the Pale":
Jim: "I have a bit of a sweet tooth." Really? Because it's going straight to your ass. I think your ass owes your tooth an explanation.
- Take That: In his "King Baby" special: Waffle House, Dunkin' Donuts.
- In his "Mr. Universe" special: Subway restaurants, hotels, Glee.
- Teeny Weenie: He discusses Extenze in "Mr. Universe", and remarks how they have a foolproof business plan; in order to claim the product doesn't work and get a refund, you must essentially prove that you have a small penis.
- This Ain't Rocket Surgery: A joke in "Beyond the Pale":
Jim: I love how we measure the difficulty of everything versus brain surgery. "Hey, it ain't brain surgery. It ain't brain surgery." What do brain surgeons say? "It ain't like... talking to women." (as offended audience member) "Hey, buddy, I'm a brain surgeon! I didn't appreciate that."
- Toilet Humour: In "Mr. Universe", Jim observes that anytime kids are in a hotel pool, you're swimming in a toilet.
Jim: The first time a kid can multitask. "I can play AND pee!!!"
- Unexplained Accent: In "King Baby", Jim did a bit about Jesus's apostles and gave one of the apostles a New York accent for some reason. He quickly lampshades this.
- He does the same thing in "Mr. Universe", lapsing into a Joisey accent for his Hypothetical Audience Member, then remarking how he's performing in Washington D.C. and the accent makes no sense.
- Verbal Backspace: In "King Baby", he confesses that having kids made him realize how little he knows:
Jim: Recently my son pointed to an antenna and said, "Look daddy, it's a stick!" I said, "Actually, that's an antenna." He goes, "What's an antenna?" "...It's a stick."